Hands down, these are my favorite ever Christmas cookies! Growing up, my mom would make them every year, and now that I have my own family, I’ve carried on the tradition and make them myself. Oh my goodness you guys, these Hershey’s Secret Cocoa Kiss Cookies are so melt-in-your mouth delicious. Especially when they are still slightly warm from the oven, with a nice dusting of powdered sugar … if you’ve had these before, you know exactly what I mean. And while it’s a tradition in my family to make them every holiday season, they actually can be made anytime throughout the year, not just Christmas. But for some reason, I’m just used to having them once a year. I think they even taste better that way, honestly …
The first thing you have to is buy a nice, big, yummy bag of these babies. Then grab a bowl and a chair. You’ll be there for a while (you have to peel all the Hershey’s Kisses. Of course, popping a few in your mouth is totally acceptable given the situation). The recipe calls for 54, but who’s counting? I never do 😉
Once peeled, set the bowl aside and start mixing your ingredients. You’ll need the following:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1 cup finely chopped pecans (Totally optional. I do not like pecans so I don’t use them)
1 cup powdered sugar for dusting
And those Kisses, of course!
Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla in one bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients (don’t add the Kisses just yet …). Then slowly start mixing the dry ingredients with the butter mixture until fully blended.
It’s up to you if you want to put the mixture in the fridge for an hour. I do. It’s easier to mold that way. But you don’t have to. You can turn the oven on to 375º at this point.
Once you are ready to get going, roll up your sleeves. You may want to pull up that chair again. You’ll need to form small balls of dough (about 1 inch) and then stuff a Kiss through each one, completely covering them (until they are “hidden” … that’s why they call them Secret Kiss Cookies, sometimes!).
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and then either dust them with the powdered sugar, or roll them in that goodness. Totally up to you how much you want. I love the stuff so mine are completely covered in it! If you do indeed peel 54 Kisses, that will make 54 cookies, and you will need a good 30 minutes to bake them all. But it only takes seconds to gobble down and enjoy 😉
Thanks for the recipe, Hershey’s! While my Mom made her own version, I can no longer find the recipe card, so I had to look it up! A few years ago, this recipe wasn’t even online. And not a whole lot of people making them, either – – or maybe they ate them so fast they didn’t have time to take pictures. In any case, these Hershey’s Secret Cocoa Kiss Cookies aren’t so secret anymore!